Betfred Super League review: St Helens march on, victory for Hull KR

Regan Grace (second right) celebrates after scoring a try for St Helens
Regan Grace (second right) celebrates after scoring a try for St Helens

A review of the latest round of matches in the Betfred Super League, as St Helens extend their winning run to eight games.

Super League results

Saturday

  • Catalans Dragons 44-16 Castleford Tigers

Friday

  • Hull FC 31-24 Widnes Vikings
  • St Helens 34-30 Wakefield Trinity
  • Warrington Wolves 30-14 Salford Red Devils
  • Hull KR 37-10 Huddersfield Giants

Thursday

Saturday

Josh Drinkwater scored a hat-trick of tries and kicked six goals in a man-of-the-match performance as Catalans Dragons won 44-16 against Castleford Tigers to climb into the Betfred Super League top eight.

His 24-point game boosted the Dragons' prospects of avoiding the turmoil of the Million Pound Game they encountered last year.

Greg Bird, Louis Anderson, Julian Bousquet, Kenny Edwards and Lewis Tierney also scored in the rout of the visitors.

Friday

St Helens went six points clear at the top of the Super League as they extended their winning run to eight games against Wakefield - the last team to beat them back in April.

However, the hosts were given a huge scare as a resilient Trinity outfit clawed back a 20-6 half-time deficit with four quickfire tries to lead 26-20.

Late tries from Regan Grace, Zeb Taia and James Roby turned the game back in favour of Justin Holbrook's men in a breathless second half.

Roby, Mark Percival, Jonny Lomax and Tommy Makinson all featured for Saints after playing in England's win over New Zealand in Denver on Saturday.

Josh Charnley's sensational try-scoring run continued to help Warrington beat struggling Salford 30-14.

The sides were locked at 14-14 in a tense encounter when Charnley struck in the second half with another superb winger's try with a spectacular diving finish in the corner.

That took his tally to 17 tries in just 14 appearances as the Wolves leapfrogged Castleford into third place.

Warrington's other tries came from Tom Lineham, Toby King, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper and Sitaleki Akauola with Bryson Goodwin landing three conversions.

The defeat was tough on Salford but they stay rooted in the bottom four and look like they will have to battle for their Super League lives in the Qualifiers with just four games remaining before the split.

Full-back Jack Littlejohn claimed two tries for the Red Devils and Jake Bibby also touched down with Robert Lui landing two conversions.

Jake Connor played his latest starring role as Hull FC twice came from behind to send Widnes into an end-of-season relegation battle.

Connor returned from his brilliant display on England duty against New Zealand in Denver to dig Lee Radford's side out of a hole midway through the second period and inspire a 31-24 win.

For a time, Widnes, who have now endured 12 consecutive league losses, threatened to extend their stay of execution from the Qualifiers.

They recovered from 16-0 and 22-18 down to lead 18-16 and 24-22.

But Connor, celebrating the award of a new three-year contract extension, kicked an equalising penalty, landed a drop goal and kicked a late conversion to finish with 11 invaluable points.

Hull KR kept their hopes alive of mounting a late charge into the top eight with a 37-10 home destruction of in-form Huddersfield Giants.

Second-bottom Rovers were irresistible as they stormed over for six tries, with winger Ryan Shaw leading the way with two tries and six goals against a Giants side who had won heir last five league games.

The eye-catching scoreline also helped the hosts move four points behind their eighth-placed opponents.

Thursday

Liam Marshall of Wigan

Wigan scored seven tries as they beat Super League champions Leeds 46-8 to inflict a club-record seventh straight defeat on the Rhinos.

Liam Marshall (pictured, above) grabbed a hat-trick as the Warriors never really looked in any danger despite going behind early on, as they continued to put pressure on leaders St Helens..

Brett Ferres crossed to edge the Rhinos ahead, but Wigan took over with a quickfire double from Marshall before two penalties from Sam Tomkins put them in full control. Josh Woods then capped off a fine individual first-half performance with a try of his own as Wigan led 22-4.

The visitors had a try ruled out early in the second half, but second-half scores for Liam Farrell, Thomas Leuluai, Tom Davies and Marshall's third sealed a comfortable win for Shaun Wane's men.

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